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Spiritual Compass for the New Evangelization

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Editor’s note:  Today, we introduce you, our readers, to Dr. Peter Howard, a professor with the Avila Institute and an expert on Mariology and Venerable Fulton Sheen.  Please welcome him warmly! It is often the case that, after the Easter season, there is a spiritual let-down as we sigh and return to “Ordinary Time”. However, the great line up of major feast days immediately following Pentecost... Read More

Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Editor’s Note: “Divine Intimacy” has no entry for the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Therefore, we offer the following reflection for your mediation and prayer. Presence of God – O Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, make me docile to His divine motions. MEDITATION “The Blessed Virgin Mary,” says St. Augustine, “was the only one who merited to... Read More

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

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Today, we mark the nativity of Saint John the Baptist. So great is John’s contribution to salvation history that Holy Mother Church does not celebrate anyone else’s birth as a solemnity—except that of Jesus. John the Baptist recalls Isaac, Eli, Samson and their mothers whose births came about because nothing is impossible for God. He is the one leaping and dancing for joy before the Lord, at... Read More

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Presence of God – O my Mother, most holy Virgin Mary, be always my model, my support, and my guide. MEDITATION “And Mary, rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda.” These words are from today’s Gospel (Lk 1:39-47). Mary, in the exquisite delicacy of her charity, has such a profound sense of the needs of others, that as soon as she hears of them, she... Read More

The Mother of God

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Presence of God – Holy Mother of God, make my heart one with yours, which was ever one with the Heart of God! MEDITATION The divine maternity is the source of all Mary’s privileges. Mary, the Immaculate One, the beloved Daughter of the Father, is also the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, whose power overshadowed her because she had been chosen to be the Mother of the Incarnate Word. All Mary’s greatness... Read More

Happy Mother’s Day Mary! – Celebrating the Greatest Mother that Ever Lived

May 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Mary

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 Happy Mother’s Day Mary! Please take a moment to thank God for Mary and ask her to intercede for your mother!   About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and author of the award winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. Beyond his “contagious” love for Jesus and... Read More

Is God’s Greatest Creation Lucifer or the Blessed Virgin Mary?

May 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Featured, Fr. Fortea, Mary

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Father Fortea, is God’s greatest creation Lucifer or the Blessed Virgin Mary? A.  Before this question can be answered, we have to understand that Lucifer (which means “morning star”) was the angelic name of that angel before he rebelled against God and became a demon. I say “angel” because, while most theologians consider Lucifer to be synonymous with Satan, some think that he is a demon... Read More

The Scapular…a Sign of Mary’s Motherhood

January 31, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Sacramentals

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What is the scapular, and why is it so important to Carmelites? Do you remember what Our Lady was wearing when she appeared to Bernadette? How about her appearance as Our Lady of La Salette? How did Juan Diego describe her or how did she appear on his tilma? It seems Our Lady had a different wardrobe each time! Whenever a visionary describes the appearance of Our Lady when she makes herself visible... Read More

Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

January 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Prayer & Art, Solemnity

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“At the beginning, at the center of the event of the Incarnation stands Mary, the perfect handmaid, who consents to become physically and spiritually the mother of her Son as well as of his work” (The Office of Peter and the Structure of the Church, Hans Urs Von Balthasar, 2007, Ignatius Press, San Francisco).  It is no surprise, then, that our Blessed Mother, the New Eve, is so prominently... Read More

How to Have God’s Favor Rest on Us this Christmas

December 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Mary Kaufmann

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Imagine that you hear it, maybe ever so softly, the sound of the angels singing in Bethlehem, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests!” (Luke 2:14). Servant of God Archbishop Luis Martinez, in Meditations to Prepare for Christmas, tells us that the angels not only sang this 2000 years ago to the shepherds, they can sing it now in our hearts if we prepare... Read More

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